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Differences In U.S. Expansion

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Savannah Gore Mrs. Rich/ Per. 2 11 IB U.S. History February 25, 2009 Differences in U.S. Expansion The Untied States has expanded its boundaries numerous times as well as in numerous ways. In the late 19th and 20th century, after the Civil War, Americans witnessed a considerable shift in foreign policy, and new ambitious goals, which led to even farther expansion. In earlier times, Americans expanded because of different religious reasons. Initially some of the first Americans who came to America came to seek religious freedom and the different religious groups explored and expanded in different parts of the United States. As well the 2nd Great Awakening spawned another wave of expansionism as religious leaders like Brigham Young led followers westward into new territories such as Utah. ...read more.

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also forced expansion still farther. German immigrants that arrived during 1830-1860 typically arrived with more money than the Irish immigrants and expanded and bought land westward, especially in the Wisconsin territory. But these earlier U.S. settlers did not just expand for the God, glory, or land, they also expanded for gold. When gold was in California in 1948, thousands of people from all over the world flooded into the state. The same effect happened when natural resources like oil and steel were discovered. Many people flocked to the site where the new discovery had been made. Another reason for America's expansion in earlier years was because the U.S. acquired land after winning a war or through treaties with other nations such as the Louisiana, Florida, and Alaska purchases. ...read more.

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America wanted to be able to compete in the imperial race and the development of a new steel navy also helped focus attention overseas. Many believed that control of the sea was the key to world dominance, and this idea helped stimulate even greater momentum for expansion. After surviving Revolutionary and Civil Wars Americans felt strong and were bursting with an intense sense of power. They believed that it was their destiny to spread their religion and values to others whose ways were backward. So from the Native Americans to the Puerto Ricans, Americans imposed on other cultures in their effort to expand. And though the cause for expansion differed through the various centuries, the same result occurred every time, the United States continued to expand its territory and grow as a stronger and greater nation in the world. ...read more.

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